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  • Make sure you are using the dicsussion board…we need to continue the conversation…Beth Filar-Williams will speak next week and she is the embedded librarian for the course…I fixed the ili- listserv link
  • Behaviorists deal with observable behavior, behavior is environmentally controlled, active participation, move at your own pace, tested for mastery…Skinner did a lot of the work…trail and error…reminds me of “learning on the job” or a lot of computer tasks….Cognitive realm deals with elements, ideas, concepts and how they all fit together…constructivism – learning in context – how we learn is shaped by the situation, the need, our context…knowledge is constructed within the learner – the learner is not a vessel a professor fills up with ideas, instead the learner takes the information and constructs ideas…making connections between old knowledge with new information causes more complex ideas and knowledge to form…the learner wants to learn and feels rewarded upon success (will this work with someone who is extrinsically motivated?) Reflexivity is key – being able to write (or communicate) your learning process is an important part of knowledge creation…Feelings are as important as thinking and behaving…Maslow’s heirarchy – your basic needs must be fulfilled before you can begin to learn (switch to next slide)
  • I want to touch on Maslow just one more sec……a colleague of mine at a CC mentioned that a student didn’t have their book for the last 2 classes…they had to sell it to buy gas to get to school and work…how do you teach to that?
  • Feelings are as important as thinking and behaving…learning should be learner centered…again intrinsically rewarded behavior…self-directed learning is a key component of adult education as well…the idea that adults want to learn material based on a specific need (job, etc) and will seek the knowledge…being able to reflect on yourself and growth through learning is the reflexive portion…
  • So thinking on Behaviorist, Humanist, Cognitivist…where do you fit?Then talk about ere I fit…social constructionist, SDL, adult and transformative learning…
  • Learning through a humanist/constructivist lens…Peter JarvisI like the Jarvis model because it understands that we all (and our students) bring a life history to the classroom…a life of doing research their way…wikipedia…Google…we have to understand that these experiences are socially constructed and that we will add to the experience and (hopefully) disrupt this experience!!! Make sure we are helping them construct knowledge….So let’s talk about types of learner and a classroom model…
  • Dependent: learners of a low self-direction who need an authority figure to tell what to doInterested: moderate self-direction, but motivated and confident but largely ignorant of the subject matter involvedInvolved: intermediate self-direction, with skill and basic knowledge who view themselves as both ready and able to explore a specific subject area with a good guideSelf-Directed: high self-direction, willing and able to plan, execute, and evaluate their own learning without expert help…
  • So! Where are you in this model?Think about how this can play out in info lit…
  • Biggest Point! Your learners bring a lot to the classroom…not to mention that their faculty member is telling them…we have to be aware of the current mode of thinking around research (wikipedia, etc) as well as the best way to research for a discipline…Keep in mind the way people learn, and how you want to teach!
  • Learning theories

    1. 1. Information LiteracyLearning Theories
    2. 2. Stuff… Turn on the recording for Elluminate Blackboard discussions Beth Filar-Williams ili-listserv link
    3. 3. Learning Theories Doing….the behaviorist model Thinking…the cognitive model Feeling…the humanist model
    4. 4. Maslow
    5. 5. Learning Theories Doing….the behaviorist model Thinking…the cognitive model Feeling…the humanist model
    6. 6. Where Do You Fit?
    7. 7. The Jarvis Model
    8. 8. Stages of Learners Dependent Learner Interested Learner Involved Learner Self-Directed learning
    9. 9. Classroom Model
    10. 10. Learning Does NotOccur in a Vacuum!

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